Portugal Guide

Portugal Guide

Country data

Location: Western Europe

Time zone: CET – 1

Total area: 92,090 km²

Land area: 91,470 km²

Water area: 620 km²

Length of the state border: 1,214 km

including: Spain: 1,214 km

Coastline: 1,793 km

Capital: Lisbon

Districts: 20
Aveiro, Azores, Beja, Braga, Braganca, Castelo Branco, Coimbra, Evora, Faro, Guarda, Leiria, Lisbon, Madeira, Portalegre, Porto, Santarem, Setubal, Viana do Castelo, Vila Real, Viseu

Electric current: 220 V / 50 Hz

Telephone code: 00 351 (Source: Allcitycodes)

Highest point: Ponta do Pico (in the Azores) 2,351 m

Population

Population: approx. 10.8 million residents (Countryaah, 2021)

Population growth: 0.1% per year

Population density (residents per km²): 117

Life expectancy: 76 (male), 82 (female)

Official language: Portuguese

Religions:

  • 81% Roman Catholic
  • 19% other

Climate

In the north there is an Atlantic climate. The humidity is very high and there is a lot of rain (especially in the winter months).

Portugal

Southern Portugal has a warm Mediterranean climate. The summer months are warm (20-25 ° C) and dry. During the winter months it is cool with temperatures of around 10-16 ° C.

Currency / finance

Currency unit: € / Euro (EUR)

Division: 1 € = 100 cents

ATMs: Available in many cities.

International credit cards: These are accepted by many hotels and shops.

Regulations: Foreign and national currencies can be imported and exported in unlimited amounts.

From an equivalent value of 10,000 euros, all amounts of money carried must be declared.

Customs regulations

The following may be carried duty-free:

  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 g of tobacco
  • 1 liter of alcoholic beverages
  • small amounts of perfume

(Information applies to people aged 18 and over)

Tourists and people in transit can bring items of personal use with them duty-free.

Travel advice

There is currently no country-specific safety notice for Portugal.

Economy

Portugal is one of the largest cork producers in the world and exports it to many countries outside of the European Union.

Although around two thirds of the population work in agriculture, this area is only marginally efficient. Mainly potatoes, corn, tomatoes and wheat are grown.

Industries: building materials, chemistry, fishing, wood processing, agriculture, food production, textiles, tourism

Natural resources: iron ores, fish, wood, farmland, uranium, hydropower

Land use:

  • Land: 26%
  • Grain cultivation: 9%
  • Pasture area: 9%
  • Forests: 36%
  • other: 20%
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